Use these exquisite origami flowers as table decorations instead of fresh flowers.
You will need
Paper squares with delicate, matching-floral patterns
The standard folds each have a symbol. The list below contains a short overview.
Note: The front of the paper is marked in blue on our diagrams, and the back of the paper is shown in orange.
1 Place a square sheet of paper on a flat surface with one corner pointing towards you. Follow the diagrams and mountain fold the opposite corners in turn to mark the fold lines. Open them up every time.
2 Valley fold the sides in half along the fold lines and open them up every time.
3 Press the sides in so the midpoint protrudes upwards. The result should be a star with four corners.
4 Press it flat so you have a folded triangle – the so-called ‘water-balloon’ base.
5 Squash fold one of the four corners and press flat. Repeat with the remaining corners to form a kite shape.
6 Fold the lower edges of the kite into the centre line, then unfold. Fold the top corner downwards, then unfold again.
7 Place your finger under the lower point of the kite and fold upwards, on the fold that was formed in step 6. This is called a petal fold. Repeat the petal fold a further three times to make a smaller kite.
8 Fold one point of the kite downwards. Repeat this a further three times to form a diamond shape.
9 Fold the upper edges of the diamond into the centre line. Repeat three times.
10 To complete, turn the shape upside down and fold out the four petals of the lily. Curl them by wrapping them around a pen.
Your hands should be completely clean before you start folding.
Fold the lines as sharply and neatly as possible.
Keep the diagrams at hand and look at the next step while folding the previous one, keeping in mind what the completed fold should look like.
Some folds are quite complicated, so don’t be discouraged if you can’t manage them the first time – keep trying.
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